Alckmin: Brazil’s economic growth owes a lot to agro-industry

JBS has opened two new factories in Rolândia, in the north of Paraná. The launch event took place this Friday (27) in the presence of the Vice President of the Republic and Minister of Development, Industry, Trade and Services, Geraldo Alckmin, as well as other authorities such as the governor of Paraná, Ratinho Júnior.

Alckmin said Brazil’s economic growth owes a lot to agribusiness. “Brazil has just become the ninth largest economy in the world. And we owe a lot to agriculture,” the vice president said.

With an investment of 1 billion reais, the new JBS factories will generate 4,500 direct and indirect jobs. This expansion is in line with the increase in animal protein exports.

Brazil is the largest exporter of chicken in the world. In the first half of this year, the country’s chicken meat exports increased by 8.5%, according to the Brazilian Animal Protein Association (ABPA).

The new units, which, according to the company, will be the most automated of the brand in the country and among the most modern in the group, are part of the investment plan announced by JBS in 2019, worth 8 billion reais.

“We will invest 36 billion reais in Brazil until 2026 and we will generate 50,000 new jobs by then,” says Gilberto Tomazoni, global CEO of JBS.

In addition to technology, the company has invested in sustainability protocols, such as rainwater harvesting, the use of electric vehicles for internal traffic, solar energy production in vehicle parking and reuse of cellulosic waste from industrial processes to transform it into fuel.

“In the long term, we will expand our portfolio and challenge the market to grow with us in this segment as well, as we already do with chicken breading,” says João Campos, CEO of Seara.